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Sudanese Fiction: 5 Books Recommended by Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela has recommended five books for readers seeking familiarity with Sudanese fiction. Aboulela’s own work is often used as an introduction to the literature of her country. She won the inaugural Caine Prize in 2000 and is the author of three novels which have all been nominated for the Women’s Prize: The Translator (1999), Minaret […]

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Elnathan John Among Judges for 2019 Man Booker International Prize

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Nigerian novelist Elnathan John is among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The panel includes writer, translator and president of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA; essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra; and is chaired by award-winning historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes. Sponsored by Man Group, sponsors of the more famous Man Booker Prize for Fiction, […]

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My Greatest Inspiration in Filmmaking: Kunle Afolayan | Onyeka Nwelue

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As the Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago opens tomorrow, my first fictional Igbo Language feature film, Agwaetiti Obiuto, will screen on 24 July in Port of Spain. I was there last year where my documentary film, The House of Nwapa, which was nominated in the Best Documentary Category of the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), was screened, and during the […]

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Paging The God of Small Things Fans | Arundhati Roy is Coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg

Author Arundhati Roy photographed by Chiara Goia

Arundhati Roy, famous Indian activist and bestselling author of the Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things and the Women’s Prize longlisted The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, will be in Cape Town and Johannesburg next month, for two events organized by her publisher Penguin Random House and two universities: the University of Cape Town and […]

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Opportunity for East African Writers | Fellowship for Early Career Writers and Publishers

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In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship designed to help publishers and writers at the early stages of their career. The fellowship is designed to provide training, resources, and possibly funding for writers and publishers interested in self-publishing. According to the website: […]

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Nnedi Okorafor And Marvel Comics Team Up For Yet Another Black Panther Spinoff

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Marvel is expanding its Wankada storyline by adding on yet another spin off. Titled Shuri, the spinoff revolves around T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister. Best part? Nnedia Okorafor is writing it! Wakanda is the fictional African country where the story of the superhero Black Panther is set. When the movie came out in February, it broke several […]

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Vote for Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and Nnedi Okorafor on The Alternative Nobel Prize Longlist

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nnedi Okorafor have been longlisted for The Alternative Nobel Prize, the only three Africans nominated. The 47-name longlist includes such heavyweight figures as Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, JK Rowling, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Pynchon, Arundhati Roy, Donna Tartt, […]

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In Love and Ashes | Writer-Filmmaker Umar Turaki’s Drama Series Stars Patience Ozokwor, with Soundtrack by 2Baba

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Nigerian writer and filmmaker Umar Turaki’s new drama series, In Love and Ashes, has premiered. The series stars Nollywood icon Patience Ozokwor, as well as Charles Etubiebi, Nafisat Abdullahi, Sani Danja, Tijjani Usman Faraga, Anita Pam and Meg Otanwa. And it comes with a soundtrack by superstar singer Tu Baba. In Love and Ashes is […]

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Sudanese Fiction: 5 Books Recommended by Leila Aboulela

season of migration to the north

Leila Aboulela has recommended five books for readers seeking familiarity with Sudanese fiction. Aboulela’s own work is often used as an […]

Elnathan John Among Judges for 2019 Man Booker International Prize

elnathan john

Nigerian novelist Elnathan John is among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The panel includes writer, translator and president […]

My Greatest Inspiration in Filmmaking: Kunle Afolayan | Onyeka Nwelue

onyeka nwelue - bella naija

As the Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago opens tomorrow, my first fictional Igbo Language feature film, Agwaetiti Obiuto, will screen on 24 July […]

Paging The God of Small Things Fans | Arundhati Roy is Coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg

Author Arundhati Roy photographed by Chiara Goia

Arundhati Roy, famous Indian activist and bestselling author of the Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things and the […]

Opportunity for East African Writers | Fellowship for Early Career Writers and Publishers

african writers trust publishing fellowship

In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship […]

Nnedi Okorafor And Marvel Comics Team Up For Yet Another Black Panther Spinoff

african writers trust publishing fellowship (1)

Marvel is expanding its Wankada storyline by adding on yet another spin off. Titled Shuri, the spinoff revolves around T’Challa’s […]

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